Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 31864
Attorney Name Hirsch, David J.
DBP Docket No. 90 DB 1995
Supreme Court Docket No. 74 RST 2002
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Ramona Mariani
Counsel for Respondent John Rogers Carroll
Decision Date 2004-06-29
Effective Date 2004-06-29
Case Digest On December 28, 2001, David J. Hirsch (“Petitioner”) filed a petition for reinstatement to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Petitioner had been disbarred on consent in 1995 due to pending federal RICO criminal charges. The conduct which led to disbarment was not deemed so egregious as to preclude reinstatement. However, Petitioner attributed his original misconduct to his alcoholism. Both the Hearing Committee and the Disciplinary Board found that petitioner’s rehabilitation was not of a sufficient period to reach the level of substantial qualitative rehabilitation required for reinstatement. At the time he applied for reinstatement, Petitioner had been sober for close to two years. This was not Petitioner’s longest period of sobriety, and he had a history of periods of sobriety followed by relapse. The Court entered an order without opinion denying Reinstatement.
Rule Violation(s) N/A
Discipline Imposed Reinstatement denied
Points of Law A Petitioner who attributes his original misconduct to alcoholism will not be reinstated absent evidence of substantial qualitative rehabilitation, meaning that he has achieved sobriety for a sufficient period of time to be considered likely to remain sober.
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